Red Rock Paradise
Capitol Reef National Park is a day hiker’s paradise. Most trails are relatively short and well developed offering incredible scenery. Some trails can be strenuous due to the rugged landscape. Capitol Gorge is an easy walk along the bottom of a narrow, dry wash with towering walls. The Golden Throne trail climbs from the canyon bottom to the base of the Golden Throne offering panoramic views. The Hickman Bridge trail is a short nature walk that leads to a large natural bridge. Many others trails in the park offer similar experiences.
Both the San Rafael Swell and the Robber’s Roost area offer world class slot canyon hiking and canyoneering. Little Wild Horse Canyon, just seven miles from Goblin Valley State Park in the southern part of the San Rafael Swell is a classic slot canyon experience for the novice hiker. This hike is not difficult, yet it is considered one of the best slots in the world. For the more adventurous soul the Muddy Creek carves its way through the San Rafael Swell offering two to three days of wading down a slow moving stream amid towering walls only a few meters apart. The Robber’s Roost area is home to a few of the best technical slot canyons on the Colorado Plateau including Maidenwater Canyon, North Fork of Robber’s Roost and Sandthrax Canyon. These canyons are only for experienced canyoneers with the appropriate equipment and experience. Fuel, dining and lodging can be found in any of the larger towns including Loa, Torrey, and Hanksville. Outfitters operate out of the towns of Torrey and Hanksville.